Wednesday, September 4, 2013

passion and non-attachment in a scientific method

Passion and non-attachment both have their place in the pursuit of solutions to valuable problems. Passion drives the quest, but non-attachment is necessary to running real experiments. Without it, you run the risk of skewing your experiment or your interpretation of results to support your hypothesis.

Non-attachment is a term frequently used in zen. It's a useful term, in the sense that it tries to describe an attitude of openness and flow. Adopting this approach, you can conduct true experiments, in which you are open to the real results.

Passion comes up again in the form of persistence, not to prove your hypothesis, but to find a solution for your problem, or to find the real problem worth solving.

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